Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, January 2-January 8: all-air VAV systems, using a whole-system approach, designing modular data centers, more

Articles about all-air VAV systems, using a whole-system approach, designing modular data centers, life of a mechanical engineer, and NEC 2017 changes were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, January 2-January 8. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

01/09/2017


Consulting-Specifying Engineer's Top 5 most read articles online, for January 2-January 8, covered all-air VAV systems, using a whole-system approach, designing modular data centers, life of a mechanical engineer, and NEC 2017 changes. Link to each article below.

1. All-air VAV system versus chilled-beam-system energy consumption at design and part-load conditions

At full design load and at 72% of design load, both systems must deliver the same amount of cooling to the space to maintain room temperature set point. Further reduction of load in the room results in all-air VAV systems delivering the same level of cooling and having to offset overcooling with parasitic reheat. Chilled-beam systems are able to reduce energy consumption by reducing cooling delivered to the space without the use of parasitic reheat. 

2. Why engineers should use a whole-system approach for design and construction

Using a whole-system approach to specifying equipment can lead to many benefits, such as improving the building's energy efficiency. 

3. Designing modular data centers

When planning for modular data center design, the engineer should focus on attributes such as system efficiency and operational characteristics. 

4. A day in the life of a mechanical engineer

Lauren Blas explains how incorporating personal passions in her work has become her recipe for career success at CannonDesign. 


5. Previewing NEC 2017 changes

The current version of NFPA 70: National Electrical Code (NEC) is the 2014 edition. Though this version has not been adopted in all jurisdictions, this article reviews a project that is being designed to meet the 2014 code. A few key updates to the NEC in 2017 and their potential impacts to future designs are also highlighted. 


This list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on www.csemag.com, January 2-January 8, for articles published within the last two months.

-Brana Webb, production coordinator, CFE Media, bwebb@cfemedia.com.



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